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WELCOME TO THE HMS COURAGEOUS ASSOCIATION WEB SITE

Our 2023 reunion has now been confirmed and negotitions with the hotel are completed with the exception of the final planning meeting with the hotel.

We have, once again booked the reunion to take place at the Mickleover Court Hotel, Derby

THE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY ARE FRIDAY 14th TO SUNDAY 16th APRIL 2023

(with the opportunity to extend through to Monday 17th April by arrangement with the hotel)

You will be pleased to hear that the cost of the reunion has increased only marginally, and certainly by less than the rampant rate of inflation this country currently experiences!

Enquiries regarding the reunion and payments can be directed to Steve Crowley at the e mail address shown below, although payment is, as usual, available through the website shop and by cheque (accompanied by the application form downloadable later in this page) and by BACS transfer by arrangement with Steve. For anyone wishing to attend but who is experiencing financial difficulty which would prevent your attendance, we encourage you to contact Steve, in strictest confidence, and arrangement may be made to support your attendance. This has worked well in the past and we hope will continue not only for this reunion but future reunions also.

steve.crowley34@gmail.com

 

THE COURAGEOUS GRACE

God of atom, God of steel, God of spanners (in brackets wheel),

God who saves our long lived Queen, God who made our Submarine,

God who built the back end first manned by men with unquenchable thirst,

By then God feeling a wee bit vexed thought he’d make the front end next.

From TSC, messdeck to mast, He came to make the galley last

To feed us all with HITS and BITS, with babieS’ heads, gave us the *****(runs)

Which sounds like kidneys on a raft, GhandI’s revenge for the boys back aft.

Oh God who served up Spithead pheasant and harbour cotters not unpleasant.

Bless us with good food today that is not cooked the Navy way.

 

THE HMS COURAGEOUS ASSOCIATION BENCH AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM

    Some time ago, at the suggestion of our late treasurer, Roger Pescodd, the HMS Courageous Association Committee purchased a memorial bench to be placed within the National Memorial Arboretum. The decision was taken to purchase the bench as a permanent memorial to those of our crew mates who have crossed the bar. The bench, includes a plaque which contains the ship’s crest and the following inscription, which we felt was apt for those such as Ray Hutchins who was lost at sea, and, of course, for our predecessors who were lost in the sinking of the aircraft carrier:

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The bench is fairly easy to find and only a few minutes walk from the main entrance. We also found that the Arboretum as a whole is a great place to visit and walk round and proved a fitting memorial to the many services it commemorates. , Should you wish to visit the arboretum and make use of the bench the address of the arboretum is Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR. The bench is located in the Royal Naval Wood and overlooks the Armed Forces Memorial. The bench reference number which, if given to staff, will enable them to direct you is B - 550.

 

WELCOME

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Welcome to the web site of the HMS Courageous Association. Originally known as The HMS Courageous Society, the name having been changed by a members vote at the 2010 reunion in Plymouth, The Association has now been in existence for 22 years

Founded in 2000 by Chas Cooke, in a moment of madness and a desire to try and have the leaving do he was denied due to a pierhead jump in 1978, a search for old crew members willing to meet in a pub and have a beer rather got out of hand. Rather than the 5 or 6 mates that he had intended to seek out who would be willing to have a good evening session in a bar somewhere, it soon became apparent that there were so many more men who wanted to meet old friends and crew mates and, at the inaugural reunion at the Britannia Hotel, New Street in Birmingham, 146 men shared a weekend of memories while doing their best, and but for about half a barrel, succeeding in drinking the hotel dry.

So The Association began and, despite economic downturns, the scattering of ex crew members around the globe and other more pressing commitments, the reunions go on, now every other year, and our members, accompanied in many cases by their wives and partners, continue to enjoy meeting each other at our weekend long get togethers. The last, in Derby in 2021, delayed by over a year due to the Covid 19 pandemic,, attracted over 150 people. In 2023 we will again be meeting in the Mickeleover Court hotel, Derby where our reunion will be hosted for the fourth consecutive time by the amazing staff of Hallmark Hotels.

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2.76.038We will do our best to bring you updates on the boat as a display and any work going on to improve her. Many of those who have visited have provided feedback saying how impressed they have been with the work carried out by the volunteers. What most visitors don’t realise is, that if it weren’t for those volunteers, the boat would probably be unfit for display. The MOD have, due to defence spending restrictions, been able to  invest very little in the way of finance into the boat and it is only on the rare occasion that the volunteers receive assistance from the dockyard or serving personnel. It is unknown just how many hours the volunteers have put into producing a first class exhibit but it must run into thousands, and that does not include the time they spend showing visitors around the boat. It is a great pity that access to the boat is not easier but that will not change as long as the boat remains within the perimeter of the working yard. It is hoped that the alliance with the National Museum of the Royal Navy will bring improvements.

If you visit the boat and have any feedback which you would like us to add to the site or pass on to the volunteers in Plymouth please let us know by e mailing us at:

HMSCOURAGEOUSASSOCIATION@VIRGINMEDIA.COM

 

THE 2023 REUNION

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